Police watchdog investigating discovery of body found after gunfire exchange involving RCMP

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A body has been found in a house that went up in flames Friday evening, July 23, in the R.M. of Prairie Lakes.

RCMP officers visited a property in the area to execute a search warrant. As they arrived, a 38-year-old man was seen running inside his home.

Officers say he then grabbed a firearm and started shooting towards the officers. After they exchanged gunfire, the man barricaded himself in his house.

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RCMP called for back up and then say they saw smoke coming from the house. The house went up in flames shortly after.

The next morning, officers say they recovered a body from the home. RCMP say an autopsy is being done to identify the body.

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No officers were reported injured in the incident, and the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba is taking over the investigation.

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